We both enjoy discovering new meals out in the world of wonderful restaurants we have in San Francisco, so in many ways this is another family hobby.
For this post we return to another family favorite: Frances
I was running late from the office, so I asked the boys to start ordering and I would be there in time to order my entree.
Well it seems they did pretty good in my absence with lemonade and white wine. They started with the house famous bacon smoked beignets. These are not too greasy, but really it's the maple chive creme fraiche that seals the deal, it is served like a dip so you can compare and contrast the flavors.
Simple but complex was the Chicory salad. The veined pink and white leaves, peppery and bright with bites of radish and asparagus ... so lovely, such a happy dish.
We ordered some roasted artichokes, but I just wasn't wowed by them. Secretly because we make them at home, so I just sort of redirected my calorie intake. (don't worry, we finished them the next day).
The Manfriend had perfectly cooked and seasoned halibut.
The kid the bavette steak which he enjoyed even more the next day when we inserted the leftovers into a quesadilla for lunch the next day :)
Pour moi, the chicken roulade, which is not really something you'd expect me to order if you knew me, but I was intrigued. I think it was cooked using a sous vide process, which usually I am a little skeptical on, but what can I say? I was won over. So tender, flavorful with a nice proper char, that if you're a carnivore you'd appreciate.
This place is really hard to get a reservation. Sometimes if you can it's best to just try and walk in for a first seating if there are only 2 of you, and even then you might end up at the counter, but really, it's a nice bright space and the staff are delightful. Second time out as a family and we all give it the thumbs up.
*all photos by The Kid :)